Showing posts with label Read. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Read. Show all posts

Friday, April 29, 2011

Most Americans Not Willing to Pay to Read News Content Online

29 Apr 2011 16:34 Africa/Lagos

Most Americans Not Willing to Pay to Read News Content Online
Even fewer than said they would pay 15 months ago

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 29, 2011

NEW YORK, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As businesses explore best practices for success in the changing landscape created by the Internet, some companies have discussed charging for access to online content that was previously free. Some media outlets have discussed doing this, and The New York Times recently began charging online readers who view over 20 articles per month. But there may be trouble ahead as a recent Adweek/Harris Poll found that a large majority said they would be willing to pay "nothing" per month to read a daily newspaper's content online (80%). Of the one in five who would pay, 14% said they would pay between $1 and $10 per month while very few said that they would be willing to pay between $11 and $20 (4%) or more than $20 per month (2%).


These are some of the findings of a new Adweek/ Harris Poll, survey of 2,105 U.S. adults surveyed online between March 29 and 31, 2011 by Harris Interactive.

Interestingly, while online paywalls are becoming more common, fewer people say they would be willing to pay to read content online now, than said so in late 2009—20% say they would be willing to pay for a daily newspaper's content online today, compared to 23% who said so in December 2009.

Other findings of the recent poll include:

* Younger adults are more likely than those older to pay for a daily newspaper's content online—over a quarter of adults aged 18-34 say they would (26%) compared to between 15% and 18% of all other age groups;

* Men are more willing to pay than women are—a quarter of men say they would (25%) with 18% saying they would pay between $1 and $10 per month, while only 15% of women say they would pay anything to read a daily newspaper's content online; and,

* The more education a person has the more likely they are to be willing to pay to read a daily newspaper's content online—over a quarter of college graduates say they would pay (28%) compared to one in five people who have attended some college (19%) and just 15% who have not attended any college at all.

So What?

Currently several major publications charge readers for their content online including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and most recently The New York Times . Unfortunately it seems that as these companies are adapting to a business environment increasingly dominated by the Internet, their readers are slower to embrace, or are resistant to, certain changes, especially when it comes to paying for something that has been free for so long. This raises several questions and areas for more research, including: how many Americans rely on the Internet for their news content, how particular are Americans about what publication or source they go to for their news, and, how do people think that media companies with large online presences should pay for the work that they do.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

'Twas the Night Before Christmas: First Lady Michelle Obama Reads the Holiday Classic

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

'Twas the Night before Christmas: A video of the holiday classic being read by First Lady Michelle Obama is available at for children and families around the country and world. Children's National has hosted every First Lady since Mrs. Truman. Children's National Medical Center is a national and international destination for children needing specialty medical care, and is located just four miles from the White House. Photo credit: Rick Rinehard. (PRNewsFoto/Children's National Medical Center) WASHINGTON, DC UNITED STATES

24 Dec 2009 05:28 Africa/Lagos

'Twas the Night Before Christmas: First Lady Michelle Obama Reads the Holiday Classic

Children's National Posts Favorite Story on Its Site

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Lady Michelle Obama read the holiday classic 'Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, during her holiday visit to Children's National Medical Center. A video of the classic story being read by the nation's First Lady is available on the Children's National website, so children and families around the country and world can share the special holiday visit.

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First Lady Michele Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, along with dog Bo, visited patients and staff at Children's National Medical Center on Tuesday, December 22.

As part of her visit on Tuesday, Mrs. Obama and her daughters read stories to children staying at the hospital who were brought down to the hospital atrium for the annual event.

"It's been a longstanding tradition for First Ladies to visit the nation's children's hospital. We are pleased that Mrs. Obama and her daughters brought such joy to our patients and staff," said Jacqueline D. Bowens, Executive Vice President and Chief Government and External Affairs Officer at Children's National.

The tradition of First Ladies visiting Children's National goes back to First Lady Bess Truman. Children's National Medical Center is located less than four miles from the White House.

About Children's National Medical Center

Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children's has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children's National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Re: Do Nigerians Read?

Re: Do Nigerians Read?
« #103 on: Today at 10:25:49 AM »

Yes. Nigerians read.They read headlines of newspapers at the bustops.They read gossip tabloids more than their church magazines.They read how-to-get-rich quick pirated books and most of them read text messages more than their text books.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Say You're One of Them" Is a Must Read

22 Sep 2009 21:34 Africa/Lagos

Oprah's Book Club, the Progressive Book Club, Publishers Weekly, and the New York Times Agree: "Say You're One of Them" Is a Must Read

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Selected more than a year ago by Progressive Book Club ( as one of the most important books about the realities of life for Africa's children, Uwem Akpan's acclaimed collection of stories, "Say You're One of Them", has consistently garnered high praise from the literary world. And now the book has received one of the highest endorsements possible: Oprah Winfrey has announced that it has been selected for Oprah's Book Club.

Told through the eyes of children, "Say You're One of Them"'s stories are startlingly real and compassionate as they humanize the perils of poverty and violence in Africa. The stories take place in Nigeria, Benin, and Ethiopia, and reveal in beautiful language the harsh consequences for children immersed in war-torn and impoverished Africa. Christians clash with Muslims, parents succumb to AIDS, and monstrous events ensue -- all seen here through the wide-eyed gaze of the children caught in the middle.

"This wonderful, insightful book is finally getting the accolades and attention it so deserves," said PBC president Elizabeth Wagley. "Each story has enduring resonance, a terrible beauty of its own. Together, this collection enlarges what we know of children in danger, the innocent victims of tribal conflicts, genocide, and the ravages of AIDS. These are subjects that often make people avert their eyes from the horror -- but literature like this can move us to look, to listen, and to act."

"In this collection, [Akpan's] aim seems to be to dramatize partisan hatred at work," writes Maureen Corrigan, PBC Editorial Board member and book critic for NPR's Fresh Air. "Akpan's brilliance is to present that brutal subject through the all-too-real voices of children; he never succumbs to the temptation of making his narrators endearing or overly innocent. They've seen too much to pretend purity."

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Progressive Book Club finds and promotes important authors, ideas, and new voices. Part e-bookseller and part online magazine, the club offers a unique opportunity to buy new books and support important causes with every purchase. PBC has created a 21st-century platform that enables people to learn, connect, and engage on the issues they care about most -- while keeping progressive ideas at the center of the national debate.

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Nigerians Report's Editor's comment:

I am happy for Father Uwem Akpan, and for the insight of Lady Oprah Winfrey.

This is good news for us.

As already noted that “Oprah's book club is the biggest in the world with almost two million online members and books chosen for Oprah's book club invariably skyrockets to the top of the U.S. bestseller lists”. Uwem knows how best to use his fame and fortune for the glory of God.

His comprehensive education is a good vehicle for his creative genius.

Nigeria is blessed with many gifted thinkers and writers. But most of the adult population of the over 151 million Nigerians pay only eye service and lip service to art appreciation of the beautiful and wonderful works of God. Hypocrisy is common way of life among most of the so called believers.

Less than 50, 000 copies of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prizewinning books have been sold in Nigeria when over 600, 000 copies have been sold in America. I hope the millions of Catholics and Christians and other faithful citizens irrespective of their beliefs in Nigeria will buy Uwem Akpan’s book after all the praise singing.

Buy a copy to read and do not borrow it and buy more copies and give them out as gifts.

Don't forget that Jesus was a priest and a poet.
~ Uwem Akpan

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